New Haven police are investigating a drive-by shooting where an 18-month-old boy was hit by a stray bullet Wednesday afternoon.
Tramire Miller was sitting next to his aunt on the front porch of a multi-family home at the corner of Kensington Street and Edgewood Avenue just after 2:30 p.m. when a stray bullet hit the toddler in the stomach, police said.
After the shooting, police said, the father ran the child to Hospital St. Raphael and was immediately brought into surgery, according to his father.
At 4:30 p.m., Miller was "out of danger," and in good spirits.
Miller was then brought to the pediatric hospital at Yale-New Haven's main facility, where he is currently listed in critical condition.
The Major Crimes Division of the New Haven Police Department is investigating the shooting.
Police believe a blue, black or dark-colored sedan was involved in the drive-by shooting.
Neighborhood pastor Troy McNulty wants to know the motive behind the shooting.
"It does seem like there's much more cooperation with this case, given the fact that it's an infant," he said. "People are very angry and they're hurting very badly for the family as you can imagine."
McNulty said residents feel more comfortable speaking to a pastor than a police officer.
"They (Miller's family) mind their business, they're upstanding citizens who take care of their children." said Kay Kay. "No one expects anything like that."
New Haven police are ramping up foot patrols, squad drive-bys and roll to help solve the shooting and make an arrest in the case.
"That's like the family right there. Everybody knows the family. Good kids, just sitting outside," said Carol Brown. "You can't sit outside on your porch? It's sad."
"The police are trying to do their side of relationship building," McNulty said. "Not just the law enforcement side, but also relationship building."
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